Sam Smith feared Saturday Night Live

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 December 2014
Sam Smith

Sam Smith

Sam Smith was so "scared" of performing on 'Saturday Night Live' before he was an established artist, he begged not to appear

Sam Smith was so "scared" of performing on 'Saturday Night Live', he begged not to appear.

The 'Stay With Me' hitmaker credits his US success to appearing on the popular weekend entertainment programme in March but admits he initially felt it was a bad idea to go on the show while he was still completely unknown.

He told Billboard magazine: "'Saturday Night Live' is the thing that broke me in America, but I was very scared, and I actually begged my team and my label to not do it when we got the call.

"I thought it would have more impact if I had a song out and on the radio."

Fortunately for the British singer, his team insisted it was the right move to make and he went on to enjoy overnight success in the States.

He added: "But I was so wrong. I had a story all of a sudden, and I was on people's iPods in the space of a week."

Sam's US success has been further cemented this month after he was nominated for six Grammy Awards, including Best Album for his record 'In the Lonely Hour'.

And the 22-year-old star can't wait to attend the ceremony in February because people finally know who he is.

He said recently: "I'm just excited to go there because last year I was there and I sat in the very back and no one knew who I was!"

The hit album which has topped charts around the world has also been revealed as the third most wished for record on, behind Pink Floyd and Ed Sheeran.

Sam Smith

The London-based soul/pop singer is back with new album The Thrill of It All, following the massive success of his debut In the Lonely Hour.

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